In his most recent Viewpoint column, Msgr. Francis Mannion said this about the “best new papal Marian devotion”:

When Father Borgoglio was a doctoral student in theology in Frankfurt, Germany, in the 1980s, he discovered a unique 18th century painting of “Mary Undoer of Knots” (Maria Knotenlöserin) in St. Peter’s Church in Augsburg. The picture shows Mary untying a knotted ribbon that symbolizes the many the knots of human anxiety, illness, and distress. Cardinal Bergoglio made devotion to this image popular in Latin America, but it has yet to catch on in the U.S.

In the waning days of 2013, members of the Pray Tell family are sharing what particular knots they hope Our Lady can help untie in 2014.

The knot I (along with Archbisbhop Piero Marini and many others) would really like to see untied in 2014 is the return of jurisdiction over liturgical texts to local bishops’ conferences and groups of conferences, as mandated by Sacrosanctum Concilium, and the restriction of the CDW’s role to that of confirmatio rather than approbatio.

Because it may be uncertain whether some bishops’ conferences currently have the competence, let alone the time, to take the decisions that will be required, a subsidiary knot would entail the provision of additional liturgical formation for bishops, and the greater use by them of competent consultants and consultative bodies.

– Paul Inwood

I have at least one knot for Our Lady to untie: the undoing of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum (July 7, 2007) without rancor among the displeased or triumphalism among the pleased. This would be nothing less than a miracle of reconciliation, “the interior reconciliation in the heart of the Church” for which Pope Benedict XVI hoped in promulgating SP and the obligation of which he reminded us: “to make every effort to enable for all those who truly desire unity to remain in that unity or to attain it anew.”

– Paul Ford

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